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Almost all villages in Mambong to be well-connected with roads by end-2018 — Dr Jerip
Posted on : 03 Nov 2017  Source of News: The Borneo Post
 

Almost all villages in Mambong to be well-connected with roads by end-2018 — Dr Jerip

November 3, 2017, Friday

Dr Jerip (front, fourth right) hands over the LA to Tiong, as Rangen (third right) and Awang Fadillah (second left) look on.

KUCHING: All villages in the Mambong state constituency, except for Kampung Jabir, should be connected with good roads by the end of next year.

According to Assistant Minister of Transport Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, currently there are three villages in the constituency – Kampung Kiding, Kampung Sapit and Kampung Jabir – that are yet to be connected with tar-sealed road.

He said the road from Kampung Kakas to Kampung Kiding is now being constructed, while that connecting Kampung Asum with Kampung Sapit should take off soon.

Dr Jerip, who is Mambong assemblyman, said a total allocation of RM10 million was approved for the two projects under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP), during the administration of late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem, the state’s fifth chief minister.

“The Kakas-Kiding Road project was approved last year and is scheduled for completion on Oct 24 next year.

“This project costs about RM5 million,” he said after handing over the Public Works Department (JKR) letter of agreement (LA) to the project contractor Faltech Engineering Sdn Bhd at Kampung Kakas near here yesterday.

The main scope of the project will include widening of the existing road, improvements on the horizontal and vertical alignments at sections where the sight distance is insufficient, and installation of new concrete culverts as per required.

Kampung Kiding and Kampung Sapit are located about 60km from the city centre, with total population of about 450 people.

Currently, the only access routes to these two villages are via narrow and winding earth track-road and short stretches of gravel.

These roads usually get slippery during the rainy season; thus, posing dangers to the users.

On the connectivity between Kampung Assum and Kampung Sepit, Dr Jerip said the JKR is now in the process of preparing the LA.

“Upon the completion of these two projects, I have only one more village in my constituency to connect with road (Kampung Jabir).

“A study has been conducted on the proposed road, which will connect Kampung Jabir with the main Puncak Borneo Road.

“For now, it is still in planning stage.”

Kampung Jabir is a relatively new Bidayuh village along the Puncak Borneo Road.

Witnessing the handover of LA yesterday were JKR Kuching divisional engineer Awang Mohd Fadillah, Padawan Sub-District Office state administrative officer Rangen Jamang and Faltech Engineering contract manager Tiong Hock Ming.